Bluethroat / Blåstrupe
Bunting / Lapland Longspur /
are quite well represented with Common and Velvet Scoters,
Greater Scaup and Goldeneye relatively numerous. Long-tailed
Duck are somewhat harder to find.
Goosander / laksand on the Hardangervidda
Short-eared Owl / jordugle hunting over the Hardangervidda
are a number of "show stoppers" which absolutely can be seen but
are somewhat unpredictable and / or require specialised knowledge of
their whereabouts. Such species include Gyrfalcon, Great Snipe,
Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua, Crane and the almost mythical
Owl. The latter species
has not been recorded breeding on the vidda for many years.
Evening view from the tent - Cranes feeding. June 2010
/ Boltit - one of the special species to breed on the "vidde"
The supporting cast (i.e. the most numerous species) include Golden
Plover in their fantastic breeding
plumage, Willow Grouse, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Snipe, Common
Redshank, Common Gull, Cuckoo, Northern Wheatear, Fieldfare, White
Wagtail, Meadow Pipit,
Willow Warbler (really pushing the limit of the definition of tree
line!). Mealy Redpoll and Reed Bunting.
species can include Goosander, Kestrel, Merlin, Yellow Wagtail,
Redwing, Purple Sandpiper and a number of species "visiting" from lower
altitudes, for example feeding parties of Common Swift.
are also mammals to be seen, noteably Reindeer and
Lemming on the Hardangervidda
frogs and toads live on the Hardangervidda - surviving winter
temperatures of less than -30 degrees!